Trans Swimmer Lia Thomas Nominated For NCAA’s Woman Of The Year Award
Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas has been nominated by the University of Pennsylvania for the NCAA’s 2022 “Woman of the Year” award.
Thomas, a biological male, was one of the 577 athletes nominated for the award which is meant to recognize female student-athletes.
“Each year, NCAA member schools are encouraged to celebrate their top graduating female student-athletes by nominating them for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award,” the organization wrote in its press release.
Only last month he world swimming’s governing body, FINA, effectively banned trans women, including Thomas, from competing in women’s events.
Meanwhile many have taken to social media to air their outrage at UPenns decision.
The Gateway Pundit reports: Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch has criticized the University of Pennsylvania for nominating Lia Thomas, saying that it is a “direct attack on women.”
In May, Lia Thomas appeared on Good Morning America and said he should be allowed to compete with biological women in sports, saying he does not need “anyone’s permission.”
During the interview, Thomas stated that he is “no medical expert.” However, he said that some biological females have more testosterone, bigger hands and feet, and are taller than their competitors.
Thomas stated that he should not be banned from the competition with some women who are also bigger than others.
“I don’t need anybody’s permission to be myself,” Thomas said.